Will “R.I.P.D.” go down as the biggest flop of the summer?
It’s hard to make the distinction, given the number of big-budget misfires that have landed in theaters this season. But according to distributor Universal Pictures, the $130-million action-comedy grossed just $12.8 million, only good enough for a seventh-place finish.
Is that worse than the recent $29.2-million launch for the $225-million “The Lone Ranger”? Depends on how you slice it. But either way, the opening for “R.I.P.D.” is bad — especially when you consider that the 3-D film starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges lost out to “The Conjuring,” a horror film that only cost $20 million to produce.
The low-budget flick directed by James Wan was easily the weekend’s No. 1, grossing $41.5 million in its debut. On Thursday, pre-release audience surveys suggested the picture would start off with no more than $30 million.
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